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Musharraf Sentenced to Death in Absentia for Treason

December 17, 2019

Episode Notes:

On Tuesday, a Pakistani court sentenced former military ruler Pervaiz Musharraf to death. The charges date to his suspension of the country’s constitution in 2007 and imposition of emergency rule. Musharraf, a former army chief who took power in a 1999 coup and led Pakistan until 2008, lives in the Dubai and is unlikely to face justice in his home country. The ruling is still seen as unprecedented in a country that has been dominated by the military for much of its history, and reflects the growing power of Pakistan’s judiciary.

What are the legal and political reasons behind Tuesday’s ruling? Has the Pakistan Army been unified in its response? How do these events affect U.S. interests in the region?

To help us think through this story we spoke to Sameer Lalwani, Senior Fellow and Director of the South Asia program at the Stimson Center.

Follow Sameer on Twitter: @splalwani

[ 1:02 ] What is the basis for the treason charges against Musharraf?

[ 4:32 ] How has the Pakistani Army responded to the charges?

[ 8:58] Will Musharraf ever face justice in Pakistan?

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